Baby Announcement Ideas: How and When To Reveal You’re Having a Baby

Scrabble tiles forming the words “We are having a baby”

There is nothing in this world more exciting than announcing a baby is on the way. No matter how you’re family is growing, It's a major life event, a milestone for you. It'll get even better when you break the news to your closest and dearest friends and family members. 

We're sure you've seen how creative parents can be when revealing a baby is on the way to their circle of friends and family. Baby announcements have become an art form over the years. After all, you only get one chance to announce it, so why not make it memorable for you and your loved ones? 

Before we jump into some fun baby announcement ideas, you might have some questions about it that we can answer. 

When To Announce You’re Having a Baby 

The rule of thumb is never to compromise your comfort when revealing you’re having a baby. Announce it only when you are comfortable. Even if other people are pressuring you, you don't have to spill the beans unless you're confident. 

Start slow and with those closest to you. Your partner, close friends and family members. The bottom line is that it's your baby; so, you make the rules. When it feels right to you, that's the time to reveal it. Keep it a secret the whole time if you want, we’re not going to tell.

Ways To Announce Your Baby

Remember that there is a hierarchy in how you'll announce your baby is on the way: the in-person announcement, the phone call, the email, and the social media post. 

For the most important ones in your life it adds an extra touch when you make it personal. The best course of action is to deliver this wonderful news in person. Of course, this might feel a little impossible because of traveling distance, COVID and many other reasons.

However, there are a variety of ways to make them feel connected. Let your loved ones share in your happiness. Below are some creative baby announcement ideas for your friends, family, and beyond.

If you want to know how you can announce your baby registry without a baby shower, scroll on down to discover some clever and creative ideas. 

Baby Announcement Ideas For Your Immediate Family

Why Not Wine? 

The good news for the adults in your family is that they can still enjoy a glass of wine. Give them a bottle with a tongue-in-cheek label, and see how long it takes them to notice. 

Here are some examples for your inspiration: 

  • Wine isn’t the only whine you’ll be having soon 
  • Pairs well with becoming a mom/dad
  • Sip, Sip, Hooray! A Bundle of Joy is on its way! 
  • I can’t drink this, but you can! 
  • Drink one for me. We’re having a baby! 

From A Fluffy Messenger 

fluffy messenger

When your family member is out, dress the furry pet in bandanas that say, "My parents are getting me a human!" or "Soon To Be Big Brother/Sister." Once your family member comes back, join your pets in greeting them at the door. 

Classic Bun Pun 

It's one of the most classic baby announcement ideas for a reason! First, place a bun in the oven to tell your family member you're expecting. Then, tell them there's something tasty in the oven when they get home and wait for them to figure it out.

Baby Announcement Ideas For Your Parents 

Say It Through A Onesie 

Yet another classic baby announcement idea that a lot of parents use. It's straightforward and really hard to misinterpret. Wrap a baby onesie (with any message you think your parents would enjoy) and present it to them as a gift. They'll pretty much figure it out right away!

A Sonogram To Remember 

grand parents looking at sonogram

Images from an ultrasound are one of the most common ways to announce your having a baby. They also make a memorable grandparent gift!

Get a few copies of your ultrasound image and choose an appropriate frame for your baby's grandmother or grandfather. They can keep this on their desks at work or display it around their house. 

Choose Your Name 

Prepare a box full of "my name is" stickers with several options written on them. For example, you can use papa, grandpa, pop pop, and so on for your dad. Likewise, you can write mama, grandma, granny, gram, and others for your mom. Let them pick what they'd like their grandkid to call them. 

More Siblings! 

little boy holding a card

If you already have one or more kids, take a photo of them holding the sonogram or a message announcing the arrival of a new sibling. First, tell your parents you'd want to show them the most recent school photos. Then, watch their amazement when they learn there's a new addition to the family! 

Baby Announcement Ideas For Your Extended Family and Close Friends 

Hats Off And Hats On To Us 

Who doesn't love hats? Specifically, hats that contain happy memories. On your next get-together as a family, announce your baby in the most fashionable way possible with some awesome Aunt, Uncle, and Grandparent hats for your loved ones!

Photo Op Surprise  

Want to make the funniest and most unforgettable family portrait in your family's history? Bring everyone together for a group photo during your next get-together. Say "1, 2, 3… We’re having a baby!" when it's time to take the shot.

Take a series of shots of everyone's responses after that. You'll have the moment they all found out about your big news preserved in time forever.

Fortune Cookie Message 

Have a local bakery prepare fortune cookies for you, and give them small pieces of paper with your news written on them. Pass the cookies along to your loved ones on take-out night.

Go On A Picnic

Plan a picnic with your immediate family or closest friends and bring only tiny snacks. Baby carrots, baby corn, little sandwiches, and miniature water bottles come to mind. It may take a moment for everyone to realize why everything is pint-sized, but they will remember the sentiment for years to come.

Baby Announcement Ideas For Everyone Else 

Coming Soon! 

If you’re a movie buff, why not make a baby announcement movie poster? All you need is a cute photo of you and your lover and some editing magic! 

Add a movie title, your and your partner's names as main stars at the top, and the due date to put under the words "coming soon. Then upload this on your favorite social media channels and let the comments pour in!

Solve The Equation 

Make a large plus sign, an equal sign, and a number three on a wall or backdrop. Place yourself and your spouse on opposite sides of the plus sign, and have a buddy photograph you. Share the photo on social media; your friends will love it! 

Keep It Simple 

two people holding a sonogram

Sharing your sonogram on social media is a simple yet traditional method to announce that you're expecting a baby.

You can upload the photo of you holding it up to the camera. Add a creative twist by including your baby photos with your birth year alongside your baby's sonogram.

How To Announce Your Baby Registry 

Aside from your baby announcement, another thing you're probably thinking about is your baby registry. 

A big question you might have right now is how you'll announce it without throwing a baby shower. Attending a baby shower might be difficult for some of your closest family and friends due to reasons such as being too far away from you or having health concerns. It’s a good thing technology is here to connect you with the ones you love, even if you’re miles apart. 

Along with the baby announcement and an invite to your virtual baby shower, you can create a registry and share it with friends and family who will attend your event. 

You can even post your baby registry on your social media channels for an even wider reach beyond your immediate family and close friends. Alternatively, you can create a website with a little donation button or a link to your baby registry. Babylist is a great start to finish registry with all of the important registry items you’ll need for your little one.

What To Add To Your Baby Registry

Wondering what to add to your baby registry list? It’s always a good idea to begin with the essentials! Don’t forget to add a note for your gift-givers about baby items that are sturdy, non-toxic and easy to clean. It’s not that you’re picky, it’s just that you want what’s best for your baby.

For mealtime essentials, a high chair is a good place to start! Promote mess-free eating with high-quality tableware. As for playtime essentials, your baby will absolutely love a play gym for tummy time for early muscle development.  

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, it's all about you and your baby! It doesn't matter how, when, or where you make it. What's important is that when you look back on how you told the world about your baby on the way. 

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